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The classic is back. The acclaimed depiction of St George and the legendary dragon by Benedetto Pistrucci graces the Sovereign once more, just as it did on the first Sovereigns of Queen Elizabeth II 60 years ago. Struck to the highest possible minting standard – Royal Mint Proof quality – this set of five coins, from the hugely impressive £5 Sovereign to the delicate Quarter-Sovereign, displays one of the most admired coinage designs to its very best advantage. It is recommended that you order soon - only 1000 sets will be available to meet worldwide demand.
Such is the reputation of the Sovereign that it has become The Royal Mint’s, indeed Britain’s, flagship coin. First struck more than 500 years ago for King Henry VII, the coin was the largest ever seen in Britain, rivalling the large gold coins seen on the continent. It conveyed the power and might of a new Tudor dynasty, even gaining its name from the portrait of the king on its obverse: enthroned, in full coronation regalia, the Sovereign.
Sovereigns were struck until the time of James I, but would not appear again until 1817. Yet what a resurgence the coin would make, reimagined by the Italian master gem engraver, Pistrucci, who was engaged for the recoinage of King George III. His classical depiction of England’s patron saint slaying the dragon of legend was chosen for a £1 gold coin: the new Sovereign. It would endure for centuries to come, replaced only on the rarest of occasions. Even today, Pistrucci’s original master tools are used to make the dies that strike the Sovereign, his powerful design rendered even more beautiful in Proof finish, the distinctive frosted relief enhanced in every detail against a mirror-like background.